26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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Saint Louis
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Huntsville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
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Fayetteville
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Springfield
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Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Get in touch with nature at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and Great Rivers Scenic Route. Explore Saint Louis' surroundings by going to Rock Hollow Trial (in Ballwin) and Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (in West Alton). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, stroll around Tilles Park, and identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis online driving holiday planner.

Denver to Saint Louis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Saint Louis, with lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Nashville

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Take a break from the city and head to Centennial Park and Soar Adventure Tower. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville day trip planning app.

Getting from Saint Louis to Nashville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in December; daily highs in Nashville reach 53°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Knoxville

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Visiting Ramsey Cascades and Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will get you outdoors. Explore Knoxville's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Look Rock Tower, Cades Cove, &more), Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, Tennessee Homemade Wines, &more) and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine (in Pigeon Forge). There's much more to do: make a trip to Market Square, let your taste buds guide you at Knoxville Food Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley), and take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Knoxville trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Knoxville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. December in Knoxville sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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Chattanooga

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain. Change things up with a short trip to G3 Adventures in Rising Fawn (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Rock City, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip planning tool.

You can drive from Knoxville to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Huntsville

Rocket City

The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
Take a break from the city and head to Monte Sano State Park and Cathedral Caverns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Huntsville: Lynchburg (MoonPie General Store & Lynchburg Winery), Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel (in Tullahoma) and Noccalula Falls Park & Campground (in Gadsden). There's still lots to do: get curious at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Huntsville Botanical Garden, and stroll around Big Spring Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntsville online day trip planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Huntsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Huntsville due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Huntsville can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

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Memphis

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Take a break from the city and head to Craighead Forest Park and Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Parkin Archeological State Park (in Parkin), ASU Museum (in Jonesboro) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Graceland, browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Memphis trip planner.

You can drive from Huntsville to Memphis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Memphis are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Fayetteville

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fayetteville: Ozark Beer Co. (in Rogers) and Bentonville (Bentonville Town Square, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, &more).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fayetteville travel planner.

Drive from Memphis to Fayetteville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in January since evenings lows in Fayetteville dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Springfield

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, then identify plant and animal life at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, and then Head underground at Sequiota Park. On the next day, engage your brain at Discovery Center of Springfield, explore the fascinating underground world of Fantastic Caverns, then look for gifts at Askinosie Chocolate, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mother's Brewing Company.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Springfield online route planner.

Drive from Fayetteville to Springfield in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Springfield, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 23°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.